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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout AleDark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale

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very good

770 Ratings

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Ratings: 770
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-15-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of woodychandler


3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Fridge just reloaded their stash and I am curious to run through some of these stouts.

I went with a heavy-handed pour to keep things progressing. This resulted in two dense fingers of deep-brwon head with excellent retention. Nose smelled like someone had melted a milk chocolate candy bar and poured it into my glass. Color was a deep, dark-brown allowing ZERO light penetration (SRM = 44). Mouthfeel was big and chewy, like a dollop of fudge atop my tongue. Phew! The taste was smoky, more towards campfire than house fire, with a chocolaty sweetness that left me wondering what had possessed me. I like hoppy beers, not malt-driven ones, but even so, I will give this a fair shake. Finish continued to be fudgy, sweet and not really my cup of tea. I do not mind bitter stouts, but sweet is never going to make it into my wheelhouse.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 23:25:36 | More by woodychandler
Photo of KFBR392


3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a medium to thick texture. Sits black in the glass with a creamy, dark brown head which peaked at about half a finger. No active carbonation in glass while drinking.

Smell: Main accents are a heavily roasted malt body with some good oatmeal presence. Some dark fruit hops and creamy dairy tones provide a solid body for this brew. Roasted heavy malt is certainly the biggest player here though.

Taste: The creamy texture greets the palate. Accents of vanilla and milk chocolate slowly transition to a darker, roasted malt body of black coffee, dark chocolate, and dark hop tones. The finish a continuation of the roasted malt and coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel: Nice transitions of a semi-sweet front to a full bodied heavy malt presence. Carbonation is light with a smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A solid stout. Full bodied without being anything over the top or to heavy. Not a ton of the oatmeal flavors but some smooth creaminess is picked up. Looked at this line of Dark Horse stouts for a while, glad I finally tried this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 02:37:38 | More by KFBR392
Photo of Brandegee


3.14/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into an wide-mouth tulip goblet.

A: Looks great, dark and brownish like a traditional oatmeal stout. Very thin layer of bubbles that quick fades away, leaving just the barest trace of lace.

S: Earthy, cereal, malt smells. Strangely, it also almost smells boozy, despite the relatively modest 7% ABV. Perhaps this bottle has had a little oxidation. It's not a new bottle; I've had it for perhaps year.

T: Not unpleasant, but not a lot of good stuff going on here. This drinks like a dry stout with an unexpected alcoholic sharpness that sort of overwhelms the malt flavor. Lots of bitterness without much in the way of smoothness.

M: Sharp, excessive carbonation. Doesn't play well with the bitterness.

O: Not a terrible stout, but not a great representative of an oatmeal, which should have a degree of smoothness and long-lasting head this one lacks.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 22:03:13 | More by Brandegee
Photo of Stevedore


3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 283-13 Julian date. Poured into a Kuhnhenn goblet today at approximately cellar temp, 12/28/2013. And thus starts my trip through the Dark Horse stout series.

Pours a beautiful black body, opaque and quite dark, with a fantastic dark brown head that resembles that of espresso, about 2 fingers' worth with decent retention. Not much lacing, spots here and there. I really dig the dark espresso head.

Smells decent. Some dark fruits, a bit of roast malts, a little chocolate and black coffee bitterness. But its pretty much the dark fruit notes with some roastiness underneath. Enjoyable, but not particularly complex. I think the dark fruit notes would work well with more chocolate presence, but that being said this smells good.

Flavour profile is very good. More of the roast and chocolates here, a bit less of the dark fruit that I get in the nose, which makes for more of an interesting and complex profile. A bit of espresso bitterness on the back end which is a nice finish.

Medium bodied, on the thinner side but the carbonation is perfect. Creamy and rich texture to the beer. Aftertaste is a nice espresso bitterness that I'm really enjoying. Very drinkable, ABV is not really noticeable here.

An underrated shelf stout, especially for what it costs and its availability. I definitely enjoyed the flavour profile and mouthfeel, even the smell has some dark fruits to it which I don't get in a lot of shelf stouts. I'm looking forward to the Two Cream Stout which I'll probably crack tomorrow.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 05:03:06 | More by Stevedore
Photo of keithmurray

New York

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - jet black liquid with mocha head

Smell - chocolate, roasted barley

Taste - dark chocolate, little bit of roasted malts, toasted oats

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, slight sweetness upfront, smooth finish, slight bitterness on the end as well

Overall - good stout worth a try

Price Point - $2.59/12 oz bottle

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 20:13:15 | More by keithmurray
Photo of Cylinsier


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours ink black with a nut brown film for a head. Dissipates to nothing.

Smells of cocoa, oats, vanilla, and oak.

Tastes of rich chocolate, roasted coffee beans, a slight tart acidity, vanilla, and toasted oatmeal malts.

Full viscous body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A pretty solid stout with good flavor and aroma. It's not anything special but it's quite a good representation of the style and certainly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 00:35:08 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of Pencible


3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque black with moderate dark tan head.
S: It smelled like dry cocoa powder and earthy roasted coffee, with some sweet oats and cream.
T: It tasted like earthy dark chocolate and bitter coffee grinds, with a little sweet toasted oats. It had a bitter earthy aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with a little carbonation. Fairly smooth body.
D: This was a decent oatmeal stout, with simple but enjoyable scent and taste and body. The finish was a bit harsh, but it wasn't difficult to drink. Nice to try once at least, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 16:18:59 | More by Pencible
Photo of BreakfastStout


3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark inky black with a solid half inch head that lingers for quite awhile.

S: Very faint coffee nose, not much going on here. A bit unusual for a stout.

T: Subtle, not overpowering. I had trouble picking up any distinct flavors. Slight bitter finish.

M: Medium full mouth feel. Doesn't linger on the tongue.

Overall: I love most Dark Horse brews and while this isn't a favorite, it's not bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 21:27:31 | More by BreakfastStout
Photo of deadonhisfeet


3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Founders snifter. Very dark, nearly black pour with a nice two fingers of rocky tan head that retains a bit before reducing down to a thin foam. The nose is slightly roasty and grainy with coffee and rolled oats.

Medium-full body with a pleasant flavor. There is some sweetness and roastiness from the malt and a smoothing, grainy, earthy note from the oats. A pretty middle-of-the-road oatmeal stout, neither too sweet nor too dry. Not much of a hop presence. The feel is smooth and silky, but a bit thin for the style. Not much to complain about with this brew, but not much to write home about either.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 00:52:21 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of KYGunner


3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This stout has a glowing opal blackness with a thick viscosity and a cloud like foam of brown froth.

The aromas are malty like Graham cracker, with a creamy marshmallow and some cocoa powder. There's a phenolic aroma that seems to surround the entire scent but then it ends with a chocolatey touch.

The flavor is more tempered than most oatmeal stouts as each flavor seems weak and melded together. I do get a nice milk chocolate than a creamy caramel. There's some roasted char and a bit of happiness but all in all its just not that remarkable.

The feel is really smooth with nice thickness, low carbonation and a silky viscosity.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 01:00:51 | More by KYGunner
Photo of CMUbrew


3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013 bottle

A: Pours as black as any other stout. Just shy of a finger's worth of dark brown head sits atop this brew for a time before fading to a ring.

S: Fairly prominent chocolate notes with accompanying roasted malt.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, and some dark, oaty grain flavors. There really is not a lot of these flavors to go around, unfortunately.

M: Perhaps on the thinner side for an oatmeal stout. Fairly silky and smooth, but lacking the more substantial body I was looking for.

O: Not as good as I was expecting, though not a bad beer by any means. Subdued flavors and slight lack of body really detract here. Hopefully the rest of the DH stout series are better. Would have again in case my taste is simply off tonight. DH does know what they are doing when it comes to stouts, after all.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 05:13:57 | More by CMUbrew
Photo of Dave_in_GR


3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a 12oz pint glass.

Appearance is really nice, very dark brown with lots of creamy tan colored head.

Smell is heavy on dark chocolate and roasted malts. Very bold flavor.

Taste takes that boldness and goes way further, the roasted malts and sweetness dominate, but with a jarring hop bitterness as well. Not a combination that i really like - definitely a complex set of flavors though, so I can understand why others appreciate it.

Mouthfeel is thick as is expected with this type of full-bodied beer.

Overall a combination of flavors that just doesn't work for me - I like the creamier, lower ABV, and less hoppy oatmeal stout made by Founders better.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 20:57:13 | More by Dave_in_GR
Photo of superspak


4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/18/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, light char, oats, toast, toffee, dark bread, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt notes; with great strength. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, light char, oats, toast, toffee, dark bread, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, light char, oats, toast, toffee, dark bread, and light vanilla on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors; with great robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy, moderately slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent oatmeal stout! All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 05:19:24 | More by superspak
Photo of Stoutfan23DJ


4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Sprecher Imperial Pint glass and served at 45 degrees.

Appearance: Pours an oily looking black body with a ½ finger tan head that disappears to the most minimal lacing. Carbonation is minimal but fits to the thick, heavy body.

Aroma: Heavily roasted black barley and malts, deep roasted coffee, dry dark chocolate, bitter hops and grainy oatmeal are strongly present. A very faint caramel and molasses deep down in the mix. There is a nice smokiness that also stands out from the roasted barley and malts.

Taste: Loads of roasted black barley, roasted and smoked malts, slight smoked ham/sausage character, coffee, burnt chocolate, powdered cocoa, piney hops that compliment, nice rich oatmeal and a slight creamy caramel/toffee characteristic that lingers underneath the roastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick bodied, oily on the tongue, goes down the gullet really smoothly. An intensely roasty stout with a subtle caramel sweetness and creaminess that lingers.

Overall: This oatmeal stout is very straightforward and simple but is very enjoyable. For the many years that I’ve been buying this, #1 and the Plead the Fifth are my favorites of the 5 seasonal stouts they release from Oct. to Feb.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 23:45:07 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
Photo of falloutsnow


4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None on bottle, 2012 release
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Dark Horse's "One" is an excellent oatmeal stout, rich with roasted malt, yielding characters of chocolate, coffee, toast, burnt sugars, and vanilla. Every bit as impressive as their "Plead the 5th," but at a lower ethanol content, this is surely a stout I will seek out this coming fall.

Pours a 1cm tall head of dark tan to brown-colored foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, creating a . Retention length is less than average, lasting less than a minute in a quick decline to a modest ring around the glass and a small island atop the center of the beer. Body is a dark brown to black color, light showing a slight amber-brown hue. Beer is opaque, no carbonation perceived.

Aroma of roasted malt, charred toast, roasted coffee beans (at times like walking down the grocery isle), brown sugar, and mild vanilla. At several months of age, this is still an excellent-smelling beer.

The overall flavor palate is one of roasted malt that comes across as charred toast, very dark chocolate, and roasted coffee beans, but is never ashen or one-dimensional. Front of palate finds slightly sweet roasted malt, marshmallow-like charred sugars, burnt toast with brown sugar, coffee with cream. Mid-palate of roasted malt, slightly acrid, extremely dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, vanilla, burnt marshmallow cream, and charred toast. Back of palate features roasted malts, charred marshmallow and toast, roasted coffee beans, slightly acrid dark chocolate, and hints of vanilla. Aftertaste of acrid roasted malt, charred toast, dark chocolate and coffee beans.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body with medium-low levels of carbonation. Together with the oats, the beer has a substantial smoothness, heaviness, and creaminess, giving this an impression that it is far larger of a stout than it is. Closes dry, with moderate stickiness on the palate and mild astringency from the roasted malts.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 06:33:59 | More by falloutsnow
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2.96/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown and obscure beer with very little brown head.

I get notes of coffee and roasted malt and a bit of sweet oats as well as possibly some dark chocolate.

I get hops and a bitter taste as well as a slightly watery taste.

Medium bodied and unusually smooth with biting carbonation.

An okay beer and it seem to have improved based on the Alstrom Brothers' review from 2004. I probably might pick one up the next time its released.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 21:51:46 | More by HattedClassic
Photo of justintcoons


4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Pitch black with 1 finger of brown head. There's some definite oats swimming around on the bottom of the glass.

Cocoa, semi-sweet chocolate, roasted barley and black licorice.

Caramel with a dusting of powdered cocoa. Roasted barley and semi-sweet chocolate. Hints of black licorice, smoke and char.

Medium-full bodied, silky and smooth.

A mighty fine Oatmeal Stout. Extremely quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 19:20:06 | More by justintcoons
Photo of Rifugium


3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle shared by baybum at a March '13 tasting. Thanks, Ray!

Sampled this in a very interesting vertical line along with Too Cream, and Tres Blueberry, and 4 Elf.

Solid black pour, with a small tan head, that sank to a ringlet. Roasty stout aroma, dark malts, toasted oats and barley. No surprises. This followed into the taste, roasty dark malts, toasted grains, slight coffee bitterness, ash. The body was about medium, kind of weak for an oatmeal stout, but I'd bet it would work well on nitro. A pretty basic but solid oatmeal stout overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 10:58:59 | More by Rifugium
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4.71/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I finally found an oatmeal stout that rivals The Poet from New Holland. This has an exceptionally clean finish and a great flavor. Unfortunately, I can't find it close to me but I did find it in Traverse City, MI and I'm glad I did. I'm saving a couple bottles from my 4 pack to let friends try it. I never have a fridge without Poet in it but if I am able to find One Oatmeal Stout nearby, I will make sure that it fills any potential void. Great flavor, great mouthfeel and overall a fantastic brew from Dark Horse!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 15:03:12 | More by centurian62
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North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - very thick and deep black; thick, quarter inch of dark brown head that fades after a few seconds

S - chocolate, dark fruit, black licorice, coffee, roasted malts; this is a rather intense and promising aroma

T - chocolate, dark fruit, black licorice, piney bitterness, bitter roasted malt and coffee finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a nice offering. The flavor has incredible depth. The chocolate and dark fruit notes are impeccable. But the nuances such as the black licorice add tremendous character. The lightening touch of the oatmeal thins the body just enough to make this incredibly drinkable. This is definitely a stout that is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 01:32:45 | More by tdm168
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4.56/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Alright been drinking this beer for a while, I have a 2011 bottle,2010, and the latest batch. Let's do it.

Poured in a Orval glass and Gulden Draak glass.

A- The aged little to no head, the newest about finger. Dark and thick. mocha head and lacing.

S-Newest lots of oats, dark dark roasted malt, little coffee, a little nutty. aged- chocolate, dark dried fruit, vanilla. Aged smells much better. mostly malt though.

T- New- Roasted coffee, some hops, lots of dark malts, a hint of choco. Aged-A very creamy chocolate the that is vague in potency. Coffe, no coffee bitterness though. really smooth. Man the beer hits you it not really big but full of flavor, then backs out a just sits and relaxes on your tongue with big choco and coffee, so mouth watery too, this beer ages so well.

m-medium body plenty of carbonation. aged- kinda think but goes down so well, no carbo, just mellow and smooth.

One of my fav. beers to age changes a little but 1 1/2-2 years this beer is fantastic. I usually try to buy a case drink some and then age some. good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 05:01:57 | More by buck1futter
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North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thick black beer with a one-finger light brown head that fades to a respectable ring. Smells of sweet caramel and roasty dark malts with hints of marzipan and vanilla. Sweet caramelly maltiness thats almost immediatley balanced by a bitter hops. The finish is a bit rough with the substantial hop bitteness and dark malts amplifying an astringency. 8% abv beer with medium-full bodied mouthfeel that doesn't come of sticky or filmy.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 23:48:34 | More by BeerZack
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a black color; the pour itself looks quite dark and viscous. The head is a one finger light tan shade. It fades relatively quickly, leaving only minute lacing on the glass.

S: I definitely get a decent amount of oats on the nose, backed by a ton of roasted barley. Hints of chocolate, vanilla, and licorice are also present. Good, if muted.

T: There's a mild smoked quality to the opening flavors that I find intriguing. Afterwards, it develops a dominant note of licorice with tones of coffee and vanilla on the finish. Moderately enjoyable, but the flavors could use more singular distinctness; they all seem to blend together.

M: This one is surprisingly heavy on the palate, backed by a good silky smoothness and tons of lingering flavor. If someone called this an imperial stout, I wouldn't think twice either way. Despite the score, I really love the texture here - but the problem is, it doesn't match up with the mellow flavors particularly well, so I can't give a great score here.

O: Nothing amazing, but it's a solid offering. It kind of reminds me of a mediocre imperial stout, and that's actually a compliment in this case.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 23:17:06 | More by ThisWangsChung
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3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Black in the glass, one finger head.

S-Mainly roasted malt and oats. Not much coffee or chocolate.

T-Mainly burnt/roasted malt. Minor chocolate lacking the oatmeal sweetness I was expecting.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation.

O-The sweetness of an oatmeal stout is not present at all. A tad too burnt as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 21:07:07 | More by rlee1390
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3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: pours like a black hole with extremely minimal head formation. there was a bit of film created that hugged the edges of the glass that was dark bron in color.

S: enormous sweet chocolate, roasted malt, and even a decent amout of vanilla and some butterscotch. definitely not what I was expecting from an oatmeal stout.

T: toasted oats really comes forward, slight molasses, slight tobacco, milk chocolate, subtle cofffee and a vanilla finish.

M: medium bodied, leaves a bit of a toatsed oat feel on the palate, not really all that carbonated

O: thought this was a pretty decent decent beer to be honest, yet quite interesting... its sweet in smell yet pretty bold in flavor in a decent amount of complexity for its style.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 02:53:20 | More by tut2528
Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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